Before you grab your rockpick and run out to these locations, note that this guide was published in 1966. Do your homework; make sure the site you want to visit it legally accessible
and OK for rockhounding.
Buy more than one current rockhouding guide. Each lists some different locations. We'd recommend the newest "Rockhounding California" Falcon Guide and
"Gem Trails of Southern California" from Gem Guides Book Co.
Some sites listed in this guide by Gary Gunther and his wife, Janice Bohrman, of the Tepee Rock Shop in Soledad Canyon — published in 1966, when it was considered Saugus — are still good (as of 2017).
A couple of mainstays are Gem Hill at Rosamond (Map 13) and the (SCV) Sierra Pelona Rock Club's claim at North Edwards (Map 17: Boron travertine), where you are allowed to dig as long as you leave a note
describing your haul.
Sometimes, even when rockhounding is allowed,
roads and trails have changed since 1966. Such is the case at Randsburg, where the pink rhodonite beds were inaccessible as of about 2013 due to the BLM's arsenic reclamation activities.
(Arsenic is used in gold mining.)
To use this 1966 guide, download the .pdf and print out the pages you want. Listed sites include:
Coquina at Pt. Mugu
Whalebone at Refugio Beach
Jalama Beach Travertine
Shark Tooth Hill
Pacoima Canyon Pegmatite
Tick Canyon Howlite
Mint Canyon Actinolite
Rosamond - Gem Hill
Cinco - Feldspar Crystals
Last Chance Canyon
Castle Butte Petrified Palm
Victorville Black Jade
Lucerne Valley Bugeye Rhyolite
LW2993: pdf of original guide book purchased 2017 by Leon Worden. Download original images here